No plans this weekend? Well ya do now loser. Reach on in a find yourself a winner, we dont bite… ahhh yea we do. Deal with it. Cheers!
Otto Vector - Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI @ 8 PM
Reverse Order - Bangor Area Middle School in Bangor PA @ 5:30 PM
Natalie Gelman - Spinella’s off the Wall in Gresham, OR @ 8 PM
Beth Stalker - London Chop House in Detroit, MI @ 7:30 PM
Half Light Music - Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI @ 8 PM
Natalie Gelman - Corvallis Fall Festival in Corvallis OR @ 12:45 PM
The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined Independence Drive to talk about their rigorous touring schedule and challenges of breaking through as a three piece band. You can find them on the “Indie Alternative” station on Ourtunez.com.
Philly boys, Independence Drive, have been in the game for quite sometime. Loosely forming back in 1997, friends through the love of playing music and travel soccer, picked up their instruments and began making dreams. “We really hit our stride around 2000 and started playing our friends’ parties, but we always wrote originals even when we were in middle school.”
The art of writing music varies from artist to artist and thats no different for Independence Drive. While most bands write some words before tackling a new song, these guys have a different approach. “Sometimes the song goes in a different direction, but lyrics almost always come last oddly enough.” They also like creating layers to new songs, adding and creating textures to help bind them together melodically. “It’s gotta have a catchy melody for sure!”
For only having three members, Independence Drive looks upon their heroes to provide them with huge sound. Bands like 311, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, and Bob Marley are a few of their idols. “I think we all relate to that sentiment of creating space with a three piece band…We’d like to aspire to sound like a huge band with only three members.” With each member being able to create their own sonic space within the music, which allows individuality.
The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined New Hollow to talk about songwriting and their traditional rock roots. You can find them on the “Indie Pop Rock” station on Ourtunez.com.
Young guns New Hollow, have been making their way up the charts for quite sometime now. In 2011, they were the first ever unsigned band to make it to the top of Billboard Hot Singles Sales Chart and were recently named a “Band To Watch For in 2013″ by Billboard Magazine. Evan West, Mookie Clouse, and Chad Blashford all grew up in different cities around the country, but it wasn’t until they all moved to New Albany, Ohio and all met in middle school. These guys are all under the age of 21 and with so much talent, its easy to see bright lights in there future.
The name New Hollow wasn’t the original title of this threesome. Originally named ‘Monkee Hollow’, after a street sign they saw while they were on tour, it wasn’t until a new drummer was brought in before they switched the name. ” After he joined (Chad) we decided it was a ‘new’ band and we became New Hollow,” they said.
When it comes to making new music, these ambitious musicians take the team approach to writing new material. “Usually one of us will bring in a lyric and/or chord progression and we all sit down in rehearsal and turn it into a finished song.” Using this technique has brought them great success, their newest single ” She Ain’t you,” has sold over 420,000 copies and is rising.
As far as influences go, each member brings in their own to the table, which combines to form a cluster of awesome. Ranging from punk to alternative to classic rock you can see that these dudes are very well rounded. The Smiths, Nirvana, Greenday, Led Zeppein, are just some of the legends that these guys look up to. Chad loves any music that makes him move, Mookie is all about bands with attitude and Evan looks for great lyrics and melodies from his idols.
This weekend we’ve got some choice nuggets in our goodie bag. So get off your couch and take some music to the dome this weekend. Cheers!
Dawn and Hawkes - Flipnotics Coffespace Cafe in Austin, TX @ 9 PM
Darlingside - One Longfellow Square in Portland, ME @ 9:45 PM
Natalie Gelman - Google + Concert and Hangout on air in Los Angeles, CA @ 6 PM
Whiskey Six - Desert Uprising Festival in Phoenix, AZ @ 1 PM
Dawn and Hawkes – Silvercreek in Fredericksburg, TX @ 10 PM
Natalie Gelman - Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, CA @ 7 PM
Beth Stalker – London Chop House in Detroit, MI @ 7:30 PM
Whiskey Six – Desert Uprising Festival in Phoenix, AZ @ 1 PM
On this week’s installment of the Ourtunez Backstage Pass series we are featuring East coast up-and-comers, Darlingside. Boogie on over to Ourtunez.com to check them out along with the rest of our featured artists!
Darlingside consists of a unique group of five friends who met in college in a songwriting class. They went on to create a special sound, with roots intertwined in rock, classical and folk music. Natives of New England, Darlingside utilizes an array of instruments and talent ranging from mandolins, a cello, and astonishing songwriters. Don Mitchell, lead guitarist, vocalist, and Interweb Outreach Coordinator, gave me the deets about the whole gang.
“Darlingside is our nod to the expression “kill your darlings,” which refers to the willingness to ditch your favorite, cleverest aspect of a work of art in order that the whole thing can move forward,” Mitchell said. Bringing together like-minded musical souls, makes the songwriting process for this group a bit of an adventure. “Since all of us are songwriters, it’s exciting to see how a given song gets pushed toward completion. And there is always an enormous supply of ideas floating around there.”
Don’t characterize their sound as folk, Darlingside believes that their blend of music flows naturally from their particular instrumentation and artistic sensibilities which defines their sound. “We don’t really worry about genre as we’re putting together our music,” Mitchell said. This explains their complex melodies and fascinating harmonization which helps set them apart from similar groups.
Good news, everyone! Version 1.5, the latest iteration of Ourtunez is live, which means both users and artists have a few exciting new features to look out for. Artists can now upload and edit songs (!!!), complete with album art. Artist profiles are now editable – be sure you fill out your band’s biography (and even link to your website straight from Ourtunez).
Behold, the majesty!
On the front page, users will notice the dynamic wheel of artists gives you a glimpse at some groups exclusive to Ourtunez. We have also added a way for you to manage the songs you have disliked. If you want to give an artist another chance, you now have the capability to do so. One more important feature for v1.5 is that everyone of our featured artists will have the word INDIE next to their name, so you’ll instantly recognize when artists are available for “on demand” listening, and adding to playlists. Enjoy the new digs, and keep on keeping on.
The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we chatted with North Carolina’s Blakley Leonard & The Clay Monsters. You can listen to them on the “Indie Radio” station on Ourtunez.com.
Blakley Leonard & the Clay Monsters
A fresh blend of acoustic, folk, country and indie, Blakley Leonard & the Clay Monsters are a new face to the alternative folk scene. Coming from Greensboro, NC these musicians were brought together by award winning singer/songwriter, Blakley Leonard, to form the Clay Monsters. Together, their bio features performances with Grammy award winning artists. “I was extremely lucky to be able to find such an accomplished group of musicians,” Leonard said.
When looking for a name to define his supporting cast, Leonard wanted something that would characterize the group as individuals. “As people we are constantly changing and being molded by everything around us and everything we experience. In this sense we are much like clay.” After the clay dried, Leonard decided they were meant for bigger things. “Adding the full band for festivals or bigger venues has opened us up to many more opportunities.”